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Reggie Lewis: "His Legacy' 

Boston Celtics' captain, Reggie Lewis, was 27 years old when he died in 1993. 
Considered a star, both on and off the court, Lewis was renowned not only for 
his stellar scoring talents and leadership on the court, but also for his generosity, 
humility and compassion. Loved for his willingness to give, as well as for his 
reserved, unassuming nature, Lewis served as an inspiration to people from all 
walks of life and as a role model to young people all over the world. 

Although he enjoyed success with the Celtics, Lewis was always identified with 
Northeastern University. Former Northeastern University President, John Curry, 
once proclaimed Lewis to be "Northeastern's best athlete ever." He was slated 
to graduate in June of 1994, but due to his untimely death he was posthumously 
conferred with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and an Honorary 
Doctorate in Humanities. Lewis ended his Northeastern basketball career as the 
Huskies' all-time leading scorer, with a game high record of 41 points and a season 
high record of 748. Famous for soaring jump shots, he was also the highest scorer 
in the history of New England Division I basketball, leading the Huskies to four 
consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference/North Atlantic Conference titles 
and four trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. While 
at Northeastern, Lewis was voted Player of the Year three times and Rookie of 
the Year as a freshman. On January 21, 1989, Northeastern University retired his 
number "35" before a capacity crowd at Matthews Arena. The North Atlantic 
Conference named its annual tournament Most ValuablePlayer award in his 
honor. The first Reggie Lewis MVP Award was presented in March of 1994. 
In September of 1995 Reggie was elected to the Northeastern Hall of Fame for 
his extraordinary accomplishments in basketball. 

Lewis joined the Boston Celtics as their number one draft choice in 1987, and was 
eventually selected as the 6th Celtics captain succeeding Larry Bird. On March ZZ, 
1995 his number "35" was the last number retired in the old Boston Garden. The 
Boston Celtics established the Reggie Lewis Community Service award in honor 
of his tireless commitment to the community. 

Lewis left fans around the nation with memories of his professional and per- 
sonnel accomplishments. Lewis's widow, Donna Harris-Lewis, has continued her 
husband's legacy of kindness through the Reggie Lewis Foundation, Inc., which 
annually sponsors events like the Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway in Boston and 
the Christmas Turkey Giveaway in Baltimore. Reggie Lewis' legendary achieve- 
ments on the court and his passionate commitment to the Boston and Baltimore 
communities, has secured him with a unique immortality. 

An Open Letter to Our Community 

Roxbury Community College welcomes 
you to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic- 
Center. As the Center's Executive Director, 
David Fraizer and I present this first annual 
report, we are mindful of the role of the 
community to develop and support Roxbury 
Community College. The community has 
made the College and its new Center the 
finest world class facility in New England. 
The support of the governor, the legislature, 
our residents and schools has been of 
tremendous quality Let us share with 
you a little more about the RLTAC... 

The Center was named after the local 
basketball hero, the late Reggie Lewis 
who played collegiate basketball for 
neighboring Northeastern University 
and professionally for the Boston Celtics. 
Reggie Lewis was revered not only for his 
athletic prowess but for his commitment to 
the physical, emotional and personal growth 
of youths within the community. It is his 
legacy \\ hich, in great part, shapes the 
\ ision, mission and goals of the Track 
and Athletic Center. 

A prominent facility within the Greater 
Roxbury community, the Reggie Lewis 
Track and Athletic ("enter is adequately 
available for use by neighboring residents. 
In many respects a sense of community 
ownership in the Center will not only 
further legitimize its existence but will 
also spur support and preservation for 
the facility. The mission of the Center 
is thoroughly consistent with the mission 
of Roxbury Community College with 
respect to serving community learning 
needs. Further, it is the belief of Roxbury 
( immunity College that a diverse mission 
is most fitting for a community college born 
of community efforts and committed to the 
full development of that community. 

The mission of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is multifaceted: 

■ To serve as a forum to accommodate state high school track meets 

■ To provide a first class athletic facility for RCC students and the neighboring community 

■ To provide RCC students with education and training opportunities in careers in the athletic field 

■ To serve as a facility for the promotion of physical well being and good health for the residents of 
the community 

The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center is the result of more than three decades of struggle for the 
construction of a 1st class facility to host track meets for statewide high school competition. In our first year 
of operation we have hosted all MSTCA meets, in addition to the National Scholastic Indoor Championship 
Meet. The facility was also designed to provide an athletic and recreational center for community use and 
serve as a home base for RCC intercollegiate and intramural events, in addition to housing the College's 
Athletic Department. 

There are three major components to the RLTAC. The Field House, the Gymnasium and all other fitness 
areas which include the nautilus/weight room and the cardiovascular room. These three components com- 
bined provide members of the community with a multitude of opportunities to participate in a broad array 
of health and fitness activities. 

'The Field House seats 3000 spectators. It contains a 200 meter oval track, an eight lane 55 meter dash 
run way, provisions for high jump, long/triple jump and pole-vault in addition to practice dash lanes. While 
accommodating a four court area for tennis basketball and volleyball, the divider curtains can be dropped for 
simultaneous use of the track. The gymnasium furnishes two practice basketball courts with arrangements 
for volleyball, wrestling and batting cages for use by RCC's baseball team. The gymnasium currently seats 
500 spectators with a seating capacity of 1300 for assemblies. 

The nautilus/weight room and the cardiovascular room play an integral role in RITAC's commitment to fit 
ness and exercise. The nautilus/weight room houses 20 nautilus machines ranging from the leg extension 
machine, the seated tricep dip machine to the abdominal strengthening machine. The free weights range in 
size from 51bs to 501bs. The cardiovascular room contains 4 treadmills, 5 bicycles, 4 stair masters and 2 row- 
ing machines. As part of our commitment to fitness and exercise the RLTAC also offers 1 1 aerobics/dance 
classes a week. These classes include slide aerobics, step aerobics, toning and conditioning, hi/lo impact 
aerobics, roots and rhythm and a combination aerobics class. 

'The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will also have a significant function as an academic building. 

This facility has seminar and classroom space which is used to accommodate academic programs of the 
College. The Center is primarily utilized by physical education, health sciences, sports management 

and leisure studies degree and certificate programs. 

A sparkling jewel radiating the Southwest Corridor, a beacon for the Roxbury community, the Center 
draws diverse groups from across the Commonwealth into the heart of the city of Boston. 'The Reggie Lewis 
Track and Athletic Center is a facility deeply committed to serving the education, health and fitness needs of 
the College and our adjoining communities.. 

Our first year was a great success. We look forward to the years ahead and pledge our very best to making 
the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center prosperous and beneficial to our community. 


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Roxbury Community College 

Executive Director 

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 

Table of Contents 

Reggie Lewis: "His Legacy" 

A Letter to Our Community 

The Inaugural Year 

What We Have Done 

The Track 

Fiscal Overview 

Membership Information 

Roxbury Community College Track Facility Timeline 




The Inaugural Year 

The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center has had a tremendously successful inaugural 
year. Every program, event and function has been painstakingly executed at a level of profes- 
sionalism and excellence unsurpassed in athletic facility management. Beginning with the 
opening gala, hosted by the Roxbury Community College Foundation, on June 16, 1995, the 
RLTAC established a superb reputation and performance level which have been consistently 

Following the opening gala, a long awaited facility Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
was held on November 5, 1995. The event was an overall success. There was a pre-ceremony 
luncheon attended by 220 people, as well as entertainment by the University of Massachusetts 
Amherst marching band. In attendance was: Dr. Grace Carolyn Brown, President, Roxbury 
Community College, Dr. Donald J. Reaves, Chairman, Roxbury Community College Board of 
Trustees, Gov. William Weld, Mrs. Donna Harris-Lewis, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, 
Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty, State Rep. Gloria Fox, Mayor Thomas Menino as well 
as other guests from the college and VIP's. 

This event was funded totally by outside sources. RLTAC was able to secure two $5,000 spon- 
sors. The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and Roxbury Community College would 
like to thank our sponsors: Bank of Boston, Filene's, City Year, Americorps National Service, 
Coca-Cola, Copley Place and U.S. Trust. We also offer our sincerest gratitude to the Boston 
Police Department, University of Massachusetts Athletic Department, Groove Phi Groove, 
Iota Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Roxbury Youth Works, Wentworth Institute of Technology 
and last but certainly not least the participating community members of Greater Boston. 

Other distinguished inaugural year events included the National High School Track and Field 
Championships, the Hoop Dreams Educational Seminar, the Department of Youth Services 
Christmas party, the Higher Educational Coordinating Council annual meeting and the 
Roxbury Community College 1996 graduation ceremony. 

Along the way the RLTAC staff hosted a number of high school and middle school athletic- 
programs which includes the Timulty Middle School, Nativity Prep and Jamaica Plain 
Multicultural High School physical education programs. In addition we're provided much 
needed practice space for both the Madison Park and the John D. O'Bryant High School 
Athletic Programs as well as all of our Roxbury Community College intercollegiate and intra- 
mural athletics. 

We also managed a full scale high school track season that ran from November 26 through 
March 15 and drew teams and athletes from every town and school in this state. We also host- 
ed several prestigious meets as the Auerbach Foundation Invitational and the Massachusetts 
Intcrscholastic Athletic Association State Championships. 

We offered a broad range of summer youth sport camps that were available for interested chil- 
dren ranging in age from 7-17. These camps ran daily from mid-July through summers end 
and offered instruction in track and field, tennis, basketball and more. In addition, we are 
served as host for the City of Boston Youth Clean-up Corps, Summer Jobs Program. 

Our community access membership program has surpassed every projection imaginable. As of 
this writing we have issued almost 1700 quarterly memberships, maintaining an average mem- 
bership of approximately 500 persons per quarter and growing. Approximately 80% of our total 
memberships have been issued to residents of the Roxbury/Dorchester communities; a testa- 
ment to our stated desire to be both a service and a resource for our neighbors. 

Certainly we are proud of our accomplishments to date. However, we are by no means content. 
Therefore, we respectfully request that as you peruse this report, please be reminded this is 
only the beginning and the future holds even greater progress. 

President Grace Carolyn Brown and Governor William Weld 

What We Have Done 

The Fall of 1995 saw a number of 
new programs started as well as 
several major events, all were imple- 
mented in conjunction with the 
staff of the Reggie Lewis Track and 
Athletic Center. The Center also 
had 300 inquiries regarding use of 
the facility for various events 
and functions. 

The RLTAC work closely with 
the scheduling committee to better 
define the use of the facility as it 
fits within our vision and mission 
statement, as well as the policies 
established by our enabling 
Legislation and the College. The 
programs that are held here must 
fall under one of our six established 
areas of accountability. 

• academics 

• athletics 

• student development 

• high school track 

• community access 

• health and fitness 

In the spirit of promoting physical fitness, the RLTAC is 
a favorable site for accommodating an array of programs 
and activities directed towards the needs and interests of 
many diverse groups. We work in conjunction with the 
nearby neighborhood health centers, hospitals, colleges 
and universities as well as state and local entities to initi- 
ate, implement and facilitate various programs. 


Latino Parents Meeting/Boston Public Schools 
College Workshop For RCC Administrative Staff 

High School Track 

Statewide Public High School Track Meets 


Nike/Jamal Jackson Memorial Basketball Tournament 

Boston Neighborhood Basketball League Annual Awards Banquet 

Adopt a School Sports Medicine Program 

Nike PLAY. Games 

Men's and Women's Varsity Basketball 

NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships 1996 

Statewide Public Track Meets 

Bay State Games 

The U.S. Sports and Fitness Center for the Disabled 

Converse Wear Test Program 

Student Development 

Youth Night at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center 

Bridge and Bridges 

Mind Time Tutorial Program 

Black History Month 

Timulty Middle School Recreation Program 

First Church of Roxbury After School Program 

New Beginnings High School Program 

Multi-Cultural High School Physical Education Program 

Mo Vaughn Community Center Group 

Community Access 

High School Community Activity Night for High School Students 

Town Meeting/Million Man March 

Post Christmas Track and Field Competition 

Common Ground Project 

City Year Friends and Family Night 


Sisters Together Walk-a-thon and Health Fair 

Children's Services of Roxbury - Press Conference 

Asthma Conference/ Boston City Hospital 

Mothers and Daughters Fitness Event 

Health and Hospitals EMT Program 

Whittier Street Health Center, Men's Exercise Program 

In addition to the above major initiatives, Roxbury Community College and the Reggie Lewis 
Track and Athletic Center are offering a number of other programs for both the College and 
RLTAC members. Programs such as the following have been offered throughout the course of 
the year. 

• RLTAC Aerobics Program 

• RLTAC Dance Program 

• RLTAC Martial Arts Program 

• RLTAC Walking Program 

• RLTAC Muscle Toning Program 

Whatever your interest may be, Roxbury Community College hopes that you will take advantage 
of the numerous activities offered here at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. 

The Track 

The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) consists of high school track 
coaches and officials who are devoted to the promotion of that sport for the benefit of high school 
athletes. The organization was founded in 1955 when Track and Field and Cross Country were 
considered "Minor Sports" and fought to survive the pressures of the times. In those days, these 
sports had to be built from the bottom up to provide a full program which would best serve thou- 
sands of young people across the state. 

The MSTCA has helped to develop that full program to cover the three seasons over the 
school year. We sponsor sixteen meets directly and help to form and support other meets as 
well. We promoted full scale participation for girls and recognition of their program, which 
was accomplished in the late 60's and early 70's. We worked in concert with the Massachusetts 
Interscholastic Athletic Association to establish State Meets to establish a full program with large 
scale participation by both boys and girls. 

Members of the MSTCA took part in the original 1958 planning for a State High School Track 
Facility and some of our people have pursued that goal. You now see these results in today's 
state-of-the-art facility here at Roxbury Community College. 

Robert B. Mclntyre, Executive Director 
Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association 

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Robert B. Mclntyre, Executive Director of the MSTCA 
in front of the Re^ie Lewis 'I rack and Athletic Center 

1996 Boston Indoor Olympic Games 

The 1996 Boston Indoor Games were held here at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. 
Some of our athletes who competed in the Games also competed in the 1996 Summer Olympic 
Games in Atlanta, GA. 

Here is a summary of how our "alums" did at the Summer Games 


Charles Austin-USA 
Chandra Sturrup-Bahamas 

Jearl Miles-USA 

Sandie Richards-Jamaica 
Raymond Stewart-Jamaica 
Donovan Powell-Jamaica 
Dannette Young-USA 
Wagner Marsailles-Haiti 
H. Merideth Rainey 

Boston Indoor Games 

2nd-I ligh Jump 
2nd-60 Meters 

lst-200 Meters 

lst-400 Meters 
3rd-60 Meters 
lst-60 Meters 
3rd -60 Meters 
4th-60 H 

Olympic Games 

Cold Medal-I ligh Jump 
Bronze Medal-4\1()() 
4th Place- 100 Meters 
6th Place-200 Meters 
Ciold Medal-4x4()() 
5th Place-400 Meters 
7th-40() Meters 
Bronze McdaMxlOO 
Bronze Medal 4x100 
Semi Finalist-200 Meters 
Semifinalist-800 Meters 

Fiscal Overview 

The Reggie Lewis Track, and Athletic Center, although an integral component of the Roxbury 
Community College Campus, has a separate, annual line item appropriation. Our fiscal year 
1996 appropriation, equaling $1,000,000 was consumed, in its entirety, to fund current 
operational costs. 

As a result of our extensive operational hours - approximately 102 hours per week - and our 
high utilization rate, staffing and utility expenses proved to have the largest budgetary impact. 
Approximately 80% of our appropriation was consumed by these two components alone and it 
is expected that this will continue to place the greatest demands on our annual budget. 

Consequently, much time and energy has been expanded during this past year on the effort to 
identify and develop additional revenue sources, that would enable us to effectively meet all 
of our service demands. Fortunately, the establishment of a legislatively mandated revolving 
account allowed us to charge and recover from clients such contracted expenses and services as 
police, security, support staff and custodial assistance. This has proven to be a critical factor in 
enabling us to complete such a successful inaugural year while also fulfilling our budgetary 

Despite the limited amount of funds available for programming purposes, it is our assertion that 
we have managed to provide a consistent level of high quality services for both our Community 
Access Pass holders and the Roxbury Community College Student Body. In fact, our fitness 
program is rapidly earning a reputation as one of the best in Greater Boston. Furthermore, our 
specially designed wellness programs, such as weight loss, smoker sensation, nutritional and 
cardiovascular fitness have addressed many of the diverse needs of all participants. 

As you might imagine the development of public and private partnerships has been instrumental 
in allowing us to maximize programming dollars and opportunities. Organizations such as Boston 
Parks and Recreation, the Boston Celtics, the Reggie Lewis Foundation, Boston Health and 
Hospitals, Coca-Cola, Reebok, Nike, Adidas and many other neighboring colleges and universi- 
ties are examples of institutions that have played a vital role in assisting us with necessary 
resources and personnel. 

Hopefully, future developments will provide us with a vehicle to solicit and utilize alternative 
funding sources such as corporate donations, available grant monies and private sponsorships. 
These potential and very viable revenue sources would greatly assist us in the development 
of enhanced services and the containment of future public financial obligations. 

Although we are both pleased and proud to proclaim this past year as a resounding success we 
are most certainly cognizant of the need to reassess, re-adjust and re-direct. Thatis why we've 
identified several additional full time positions that should be filled in the near future so as to 
better and more cost-effectively respond to a very evident and growing demand for services. 
And that is why we have already begun to identify critical facility structural components that can 
reasonably be expected to be in need of repair or replacement within the next three to five years. 

RLTAC Revenues and Expenditures for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1996 





State Appropriation 

$1, ()()(),()()() 

$1, ()()(),()()() 

Membership Fees 




Facility Rentals 







Vending Machines 




Corporate Sponsors 




Total Revenues 









Employee Related Expenses 




Contracted Employees 




Pension & Insurance 








Facility Operation 




Consultant Service 




Operation (2) 




Operation (3) 








Lease and Repair 




Total Expenditures 




Revenues Less Expenditures 




(1) I'scr tecs which by law must be returned to the Commonwealth. On 1 1/22AI5, lc,nb 
$247,100 above the FY % state appropriation of $1,000,000, provided that $247,100 of 
ation.(2) Operational Services-Independent Contractors and contractors employees. (3) 
operation of events. (See note (1 ))(4) State appropriation reversions totaled $22,820. l ! 

was approved authorizing expenditures of up to 
ties can be generated above the $1,000,000 appropri- 

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Membership Information 

% of Memberships by Residence 

1% Allston/Brighton 

5% Boston 

2% Cambridge 

35% Dorchester 

10% Jamaica Plain 

7% Mattapan 

25% Roxbury 

15% Other 



% of Memberships by Gender 

45% Men 
55% Women 

% of Memberships by Quarter 

33% Spring 

1 3% Summer 

5% N/A 

23% Fall 

26% Winter 



% of Memberships by Age 

1 5% 1 8-23 Years 

30% 24-29 Years 

20% 30-35 Years 

15% 36-41 Years 

7% 42-47 Years 

4% 48-53 Years 

3% 54-59 Years 

2% 60-65 Years 

1% 60+ Years 

4% NA 

% of Members Who Utilized RLTAC 
During its Initial Quarter 

71% No 
15% Yes 
14% N/A 



Roxbury Community College Track Facility Timeline 

1 958. East Newton Street Armory, home to city track, meets is taken. 

1958. Discussions begin for the new school track facility. 

1 962. Representative Harold Rosen of Dedham files first bill calling for MDC to construct track facility. 

1964. Bill No. 395 passes House of Representatives calling for a school track facility at Cleveland Circle. 

1966. Boston Architectural firm says $1.3 million school track facility will be ready by 1968. It will be 
dedicated as the John A. Ryder Memorial Track named in honor of the late Boston College 
track coach. 

1970. Bill instructing MDC to build a $3 million track facility passes both branches of legislature and is 
sent to Covernor Francis Sargent. 

1 972. MDC agrees to construct track at Neponset site. 

1 974. House of Representatives, in capital outlay budget, approves $2.3 million for purchase of land 
at Neponset. It also approves $3,987,000 for school track facility, park and recreational facilities, 
bicycle paths, and boat and canoe launchings. 

1974. Governor Sargent, calling his announcement a "victory night for the young people of Boston," says 
construction of the track facility will begin in March 1975. 

1975. On Dec. 30, MDC announces plans for massive athletic complex at Neponset. Governor Michael 
Dukakis says, "I remember the debate on this way back in the early 1960's. It was needed then and 
it is needed now, and I'm delighted that after all these years we're finally going to be able to go 
ahead with it." 

1976. Unless there is an additional $1.4 million, the school track project could be in danger of falling 

1977. Neponset residents drop objections to facility because they are promised new MDC hockey rink. 

1 978. Representative John Finnegan of Dorchester plans to go to court to block construction of a $7.4 
million track, accusing Governor Dukakis of "breaking faith" with the legislature and community 
by directing the legislature to go ahead with the project. 

1979. Representative Finnegan, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee introduces an amendment 
that strikes school track facility from Neponset site. The amendment is approved. 

1980. Finnegan begins discussions with Northeastern University. With state aid, the University could 
build a facility that would house the track. 

1 983. Northeastern students vote by more than 9-1 margin to pay activities fee to help build the athletic 
complex on campus. Objections by Redevelopment Authority and MB TA stall project. 

1985. Interest in track revived, with State Representatives Joe DeNucci and Kevin Fitzgerald spear 
heading the drive at the State House. 

1986. Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn gets BRA to approve garage on Parcel 117X. The track will be 

located next to the garage. 

1 987. Governor Dukakis announces plans for track in conjunction with Northeastern University at Parcel 1 7X 
on Columbus Avenue. 

1 987. In November, Governor Dukakis files construction bill for track. 

1 988. On January 5, 16 minutes before final session of Legislature, $35 million is appropriated for facility. 

1988. On July 16, Legislature approves construction of the project by the turnkey method. 

1 989. Project goes out for bid, but is stalled. 

1 990. On April 4, project goes out for bid and draws six development teams. 

1990. On Nov. 21, State Division of Capital Planning and Operations selects the Beacon Companies /Jung 
Brenner as the development team. 

1 99 1 . Agreement with Northeastern finalized. 

1 99 1 . Governor William Weld indicates he will not authorize construction of track at Northeastern. 

1 992. Governor Weld and Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty file bill for $1 7 million track at Roxbury 
Community College. Bill passes House and Senate by July and Governor Weld signs it into law. Three 
sites are chosen but all are inadequate. 

1992. Mayor Flynn and BRA director Paul Barrett sell city Parcel, located at New Dudley and Tremont 
Streets, to State. In December, BRA votes to hand over parcels to the state. 

1 993. Groundbreaking for track. 

1995. Track completed. 

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center Dedication Ceremony 

Back row from left to right: Mr. Dave Fraizer, Representative Charles Flaherty, Representative Gloria Fox, 
Mr. John Thomas, Representative Kevin Fitzgerald, Senator Diane Wilkerson, Mr. Michael Harris. Front row 
from left to right: Mrs. Donna Harris-Lewis, President Grace Carolyn Brown 

Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 

Roxbury Community College 

1234 Columbus Avenue 

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-3400 

Telephone (617) 541-3535 


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